Opera 10.50 browser features boosted speed and improved HTML5 support

The company claims its newest browser version is the fastest ever for Windows computers

Opera Software released on Tuesday its Opera 10.50 Web browser, calling it the fastest browser ever produced for Windows computers.

Available at Opera's Web site, the browser features the Carakan JavaScript engine as well as the Vega graphics library. Users no longer have to wait for a site to load, the company said. Other features include a refined design and private browsing, Opera said. A new menu button replaces the traditional menu bar, providing single-point access to Opera features.

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"Opera 10.50 is the fastest browser in almost all speed tests," said Lars Boilesen, CEO of Opera, in a statement released by the company. "But more important than any speed test is the real-world speed during use. We designed Opera 10.50 to be easy to use while making our unique features stand out so you can get more out of the Web."

Also featured is improved support for HTML5 and Cascading Style Sheets 3, offering Web designers capabilities to build "eye-catching" applications based on open technologies, the company said.

Version 10.50 also supports the Aero Glass feature in Windows 7 and Vista.  Previous capabilities remain, such as Opera Turbo, to compress Web pages and furnish content faster

Versions of Opera 10.50 for Mac and Linux are due soon, Opera said.

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